The Veil

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The other night, I visited my friend and while watching Larry King interviewed Bill Maher [not that I like to watch any tv shows], it grieved me to hear how much Bill Maher had hurtful things to say about Sarah Palin. How he projected her as ignorant just because she avoided media interviews. How he thought of her as a scary leader because she uttered she was online talking with her spiritual friends/warriors, praying for her. He made fun of her because she believed in angels and demons. He mentioned something about Moses’ dropping the heavy tablets of the Ten Commandments but I didn’t understand what he was trying to say because he started making fun of it.

I used to be that way. I made fun of my oldest brother who was on fire for the Lord when he turned to Christ. Everything that came out of his mouth, I laughed. All the Scriptures he mentioned, I thought of him losing his sanity. When he talked about spiritual battles, and of demons, I thought about how much he fantasized about things. That “this religion” is not good!

“But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts.” - Romans 1:18-19

We are all, unfortunately, the same. We are all SINNERS! How can we quickly think of others as full of flaws when we don’t have to go that far. Just look into ourselves. We have our own! Perhaps, even worse! Pride…Lust…Adultery…Lying…Murder…And others…

Oh how I wept when I came to the end of one road and just knew I couldn’t continue to walk all alone! That I needed Someone to guide me, strengthen me and release me from the bondages that had a hold on my soul. I knew there was a war going on. That I wasn't making fun of my brother...I was making fun of Jesus!!! I’m grateful that He found a lost soul like me…He showed His love and mercy to me...

“It’s like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now.” - 1 Corinthians 13:11,12

God is complete. Represented by Jesus. It’s us who lack understanding. One day, when we all see God and see Him face to face, everything will be revealed. This alone, a glimpse of what’s in store should give us, believers, the hope and strength that we need to continue to press on. To endure. To bless those who hurt us, instead of being angry. To pray for them instead that the veil is removed on their hearts, so that the Lord’s Good News they can clearly see…

“But the people’s minds were hardened, and even to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, a veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.” - 2 Corinthians 3:14

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Lord, if it grieved me to see so many who are still not willing to repent and turn to you, who are full of pride and hardened hearts, I can’t imagine how it must feel for You. For You, Oh God, have been patient so that many of us can be saved through Jesus. Help us Lord to remember that with You, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. Help us know in our hearts that You aren’t being slow about Your promise to return, as some people think but that You are being patient for our sake. [2 Peter 3:8,9] Because You, Oh Lord, God of love, doesn’t want anyone to perish. I pray Oh Lord that many more will turn to Jesus and let Jesus be the Lord of their lives. Lord, please remove the veils in so many, many people who still don’t know You, that they may see the brightness and let Your light in, into their dark hearts and minds. Thank You Lord for Your love, Your mercy and grace. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].